Incredible November 14, 2016

By (Mercer County Community College) - abroad from 09/05/2015 to 05/28/2016 with

Winterline: Global Skills Program, Gap Year

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I became a much more responsible individual, keeping track of everything and not buying things I didn't need. I learned how to budget and get by with a minimal understanding of a language, as well as becoming more aware of different cultures and customs. It was 100% worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Winterline was really helpful for me because it let me explore the world, helped me discern my passions, and gave me the life skills I needed in order to pursue it.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 10-20 Dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save money on food wherever you can.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Converse with native speakers.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Host Family
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The exploration of other cultures
  • The variety of skills
  • The sense of community built between the students
* What could be improved?
  • Student and Administrative Contact
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's remarkably difficult to work out whilst traveling.